"Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance1 for you and your descendants.
When you enter the land2 that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony.
And when your children3 ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?'
then tell them, 'It is the Passover4 sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.' "5 Then the people bowed down and worshiped.628
The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded7 Moses and Aaron.
At midnight8 the LORD9 struck down all the firstborn10 in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock11 as well.
Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing12 in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship13 the LORD as you have requested.
Take your flocks and herds,14 as you have said, and go. And also bless15 me."
The Egyptians urged the people to hurry16 and leave17 the country. "For otherwise," they said, "we will all die!"1834
So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs19 wrapped in clothing.